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Linda A. Hesse


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  • The George Washington University (J.D. with high honors 1994; Order of the Coif); New York University (M.A. in French Language and Civilization 1991); Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) (Certificate of Political Studies 1988); Rutgers University (B.A. in History and French with honors 1985; Phi Beta Kappa)

Bar Admissions

  • New York and Paris Bars

Linda Hesse advises clients in the areas of capital markets, securities law, public M&A, and corporate governance under both U.S. and French law. She acts for issuers with respect to their issuances of debt and equity securities; listings on Euronext, Nasdaq, and the NYSE; and on regulatory matters involving the SEC and the French AMF. Linda also advises financial institutions as advisors in offerings of equity, debt, and complex instruments. She is head of the Paris Office's Capital Markets Practice.

Notable issuer clients include Orange for ongoing securities compliance, debt and equity offerings, and M&A; Sanofi on its ongoing SEC compliance and U.S. shelf program, including its $7 billion Yankee bond in connection with its Genzyme acquisition; EDAP TMS on ongoing securities compliance and equity offerings; and Stallergenes Greer on French securities law matters.

Investment bank clients include BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole CIB, Natixis, and SVB Leerink. Notable underwriter engagements include representing the underwriters on Genfit's Nasdaq IPO (with respect to French law), Medincell's IPO on Euronext Paris, and Sequans' NYSE IPO.

Linda also advises companies on cross-border public M&A transactions, including Panalpina on its planned acquisition by DSV; Stallergenes Greer in connection with the acquisition of minority shareholders by Waypoint; Kildare Partners on its acquisition of Technopolis Plc; Safran on its acquisition of Zodiac Aerospace; Total on its investment in Clean Energy Fuels; Orange on the Jazztel acquisition; and Stallergenes on the Greer Laboratories merger.

Linda is a member of the International Bar Association and active in the Securities Law Committee.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Ranked annually as a leading lawyer in Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, and The Legal 500 EMEA

    1st prize in IPOs, "Grand Prix M&A/ECM du Magazine des Affaires" (2015-2017)

    1st prize for the Capital Markets team, "Palmarès des avocats — Le Monde du droit" (2019)

    Named "Client Service All-Star," BTI Consulting Group (2015)


English, French
Linda Hesse